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CXB multimedia: Explaining the cyclone warning signals

  • By BBC Media Action
  • 01/05/2019
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[Updated 1 May 2019 with discussion guides for host community interventions]

The resources on this page are intended to help explain the cyclone early warning signals that are being used in the camps; and give Rohingya people advice about how to prepare, at each warning level. The resources are based on common messages developed by the Cox's Bazar Emergency Communication Group in collaboration with the Cyclone Preparedness Programme.

VIDEO

  • [UPDATED] Video animation (6'40", Rohingya language). The video explains the different levels of cyclone warning system, including the flags and the suggested steps to take at different levels of warning. Available in high resolution for projections (415 MB) or low resolution for mobile (75MB). [Updated April 2019 to reflect the changes in the flag signalling system.]

AUDIO

  • The first episode of the listening group programme, Aa'rar Foygam, covers cyclone preparedness, including explaining the flag warnings.

FLASHCARDS

All flashcards have been endorsed as in line with the Cyclone Preparedness Programme approach and come with guidance text (in Bangla and Burmese) to help fieldworkers use the tool.

These important cyclone preparedness messages are available as individual flash cards or as a book with all the materials in one document.

You can down load the individual flash cards and instructions on the following issues:

  • Flashcard set A: overview - set of five pictoral flashcards giving an overview of the three levels of cyclone warning signal.
  • Flashcard set B: 1-flag - set of five pictoral flashcards with details about the "1-flag" warning signal and advice about how to react to it.
  • Flashcard set C1: 2-flag (generic) - set of 10 pictoral flashcards with details about the "2-flag" warning signal and advice about how to react to it. For use throughout the camps, except in Shamlapur.
  • Flashcard set C2: 2-flag (Shamlapur only) - set of 11 pictoral flashcards with details about the "2-flag" warning signal and advice about how to react to it, including advice specific to coastal areas of Shamlapur.
  • Flashcard set D: 3-flag - set of 9 pictoral flashcards with details about the "3-flag" warning signal and advice about how to react to it.

Alternatively, you can download them as a full book here (this book also includes all the flashcards and a field discussion guide on cyclone warning procedures; and is being used by the Cyclone Preparedness Programme for their sensitisation sessions in camps):

  • Full book of flashcards, including discussion guides in English and Bangla and flashcards covering general preparedness, flag overview, 1-flag, 2-flag and 3-flag. (Total 150 pages, 57MB).

The Cox's Bazar Communication with Communities Working Group has also developed a discussion guide, designed to help field staff and volunteers lead participatory discussions with communities about cyclone risks. The guide is available in BanglaBurmese and English.

OTHER RESOURCES

You may also be interested in materials about shelter strengthening and household- and community-level preparedness for cyclones, storms and monsoon weather.

HOST COMMUNITY

Note that the resources above should not be used with host communities, because different advice applies for host communities, some of whom have access to cyclone shelters. The emergency communications task force has produced discussion guides (available in Bangla and English) which will help explain the cyclone signals to host communities - these are based on messages endorsed by the government of Bangladesh. Shongjog also has a collection of alternative resources for host communities which are suitable for national use outside of the Rohingya camps and which are based on the national cyclone early-warning system and coordinated national messaging.

These materials are part of an ongoing series of multimedia outputs being produced by BBC Media Action to enhance the range and quality of tools available to information hubs, listener groups and other community-facing information services within the Rohingya emergency response. The work is being delivered in partnership with Action Against Hunger and IOM; and is funded by Global Affairs Canada, the UK Department for International Development and the US government's bureau of population, refugees and migration.

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